Arraignment on hold in baby's death
The arraignment of Jesus Vargas Espinoza Jr., 47, accused in the death of a 10-month-old Castroville girl, was postponed Friday pending review of the charges by the public defender's office.
Espinoza is held in lieu of bail of $1,260,000 after being charged with murder, felony child endangerment and an enhancement of causing the death of a child.
He was arrested Tuesday shortly before deputies found the body of Angelle Jenisis Negron buried near a highway overpass in Salinas.
Espinoza's arraignment was rescheduled for 1:30p.m. Tuesday.
Strawberry grower gets prison for fraud
The owner of a Salinas commercial strawberry farm was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay more than $223,000 in restitution for submitting fraudulent disaster assistance claims to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Marco Antonio Barbosa, 50, of Salinas, who operated Barbosa Farms JV with his wife, pleaded guilty Dec. 15, 2010, to falsely claiming he suffered crop losses because of excessive heat, among other charges, federal officials said.
Barbosa defrauded federal programs the Crop Disaster Program and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. He received more than $223,000 in federal aid.
In sentencing Barbosa on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte warned that crop-relief programs are threatened if people steal from them and don't respect the requirements.
He also ordered Barbosa to pay $223,484 in restitution, debarred him from any Department of Agriculture program or Farm Service Agency contract, and sentenced him to three years of supervised release.
Heart health fair
A free heart-health fair will be held Saturday by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula's Tyler Heart Institute.
The fourth annual Every Beat Counts fair will be 10a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Peninsula Wellness Center, 2920 2nd Ave., Marina. The event includes free screenings and expert advice.
For information, call 883-5660.